Kodiak Access Info latest on Leisnoi
This was in the Kodiak paper recently, thought some hunters might be interested in the latest details and access costs etc.
Ok, now, Who's been shooting those cows ?
Leisnoi clarifies land usage
Article published on Thursday, March 4th, 2010
By SAM FRIEDMAN
Facing continued trespassing problems Leisnoi Native Corporation this month clarified its land-use policies for private land it holds in popular recreation spots on the road system.
In brief, Leisnoi’s property at Cliff Point, Termination Point and Long Island all require permits for public access including hiking. But restrictions are tighter for Cliff Point and Long Island.
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are not welcome on any Leisnoi lands.
“There’s nothing new to the policy,” said local Leisnoi spokesman Frank Bishop. “We’re just trying to publicize it more.”
Bishop has been putting up no trespassing signs at the entrance to Leisnoi property for the last year. Of the more than 200 signs he has put up in the last year he said only about 30 remain because people are always tearing them down.
He recently began installing more durable wooden signs.
The current policy prohibits almost all public access to Cliff Point, on the south edge of Womens Bay. The only exception is special permission for organized groups like the Boy Scouts or the Audubon Society.
Long Island has similar restrictions.
Leisnoi’s Termination Point property, which begins about 200 yards beyond the end of Monashka Bay Road, has fewer restrictions. Termination Point is open to individuals or small groups of hikers who obtain permits.
For all lands, permits cost $6 for adults over 16. The company sells quarterly permits for $15 and annual permits for $60.
There are no fees for disabled veterans and accompanied children under age 16, but everyone must sign a legal waiver.
ATV riding remains prohibited throughout Leisnoi lands. Four-wheelers are prohibited because they leave a scar on the land.
“The four-wheelers have been tearing up our property,” said Leisnoi President Frank Pagano. “(This is) a reminder that we’re serious about four-wheelers.”
Pagano said Leisnoi also has had problems with people gathering firewood on Leisnoi land, and poaching animals — including Leisnoi-owned cattle on Long Island.
The corporation sells annual deer hunting permits for $125 and bear hunting permits for $500.
Camping also is prohibited on Leisnoi lands. But the company is looking into creating designated campsites for the summer season. They should be available for $15 per day Bishop said.
He said the company also is considering letting people stay on Leisnoi lands longer than 14 days, a maximum on some public lands.
“Last year, I had a lot of people ask if they could park for more than 14 days,” he said. “So the board is looking into that.”
Also known as the Native Village of Woody Island, Leisnoi Inc. of obtained clear title to some its land in June of 2009 after winning a 30-year legal battle with Kalsin Bay rancher Omar Stratman. The case, which reached the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, attempted to challenge Leisnoi’s existence as a Native Village Corporation. Leisnoi owns about 50,000 acres in the Kodiak Archipelago.
For information about obtaining permits call (907) 486-2716.
Mirror Writer Sam Friedman can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.